Brazilian Wandering Spider

Deadly Erection-Inducing Spider Found in Germany

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

We’ve all heard, and probably laughed at, the commercials for erectile dysfunction medications and their warning to see a doctor if it stays up for more than four hours, but it was no laughing matter when a spider carrying the same side effect was found inside a shipping container in the north-western harbor city of Bremerhaven, Germany.

A crew of ten firefighters donning hazmat suits were called in by custom officials to exterminate the Brazilian wandering spider, also known as a banana spider, whose bite has made it into the Guinness Book of World Records as the most venomous. Just one bite from this spider can lead to loss of muscle control, excruciating pain, shortness of breath and a killer four-hour erection in men, though most deaths come from oxygen deprivation.

The spider was contained inside the shipping crate, which the firefighters filled with the eight-legged beast’s arch nemesis: carbon dioxide sourced from fire extinguishers. Even once the spider was confirmed to be dead, a shovel was carefully used to remove it as no one wanted to risk exposure.

As the spider is quite common in South America, effective anti-venoms are thankfully readily available.

Sources: Daily Mail

Photo: Paul Seligman [Flickr]

Stephen Fuchs
Stephen founded German Pulse and LGBT Germany out of a passion to introduce Americans to a Germany that goes beyond beer and polka (although with enough beer he has been known to polka it up a bit). He's a coffee addict, lover of wine and good times, a hit in the kitchen and editor of TV commercials. You can follow him on Twitter (@StephenWFuchs) to find out a lot more.
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